Seeking $5.8M, This Topsy-Turvy Venice Beach Home Will Make Your Head Spin

The Tectonic House is the first project built by famed firm Coop Himmelblau in the United States.
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Location: 513 Grand Blvd, Venice, California

Price: $5,800,000

Architect: Coop Himmelblau

Year Built: 2001

Footprint: 2,522 square feet (four bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths)

Lot Size: 0.06 acres

From the Agent: "Steps to Abbot Kinney and Venice beach, this dynamic urban intervention is a rare private residence by Viennese architects Coop Himmelblau, and the first project built by the Austrian team in the United States. Here the architects explode the constraints of functionalism into a thousand pieces, in the process creating a complex sculptural form interwoven with the apparatus of living. This private, gated four-bedroom home is one of Venice’s most prized architectural masterpieces. The expressive use of concrete, glass, and structural steel is tempered by an open floor plan with direct connections to the landscape, a sculptural shelving installation, natural wood ceilings, and the play of daylight with cool ocean breezes throughout and atop the generous roof deck."

The multistory home bucks convention, boasting an eccentric, inverted design. 

The Simpsons writer and producer J. Stewart Burns acquired the property in 2014 for $2,300,000. "Owning this house is a bit like being a celebrity in very weird, eclectic circles," he said in a recent interview, noting how architecture students would regularly visit to study the home's sculptural construction.

The plywood structure, which starts on the ground level, ascends with the steel staircase.

Here is a peek at the  Bulthaup kitchen, fitted with European fixtures and appliances.

The residence is comprised of two steel-framed towers, connected via a wooden bridge.

513 Grand Blvd in Venice, California, is currently listed for $5,800,000 by Sandra Miller of  Engel & Völkers Santa Monica.

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